"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. In Monarchies, the interests and happiness of all may be sacrificed to the caprice and passion of a despot. In Aristocracies, the rights and welfare of the many may be sacrificed to the pride and cupidity of the few. In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority."

--James Madison

Wonder what Madison would think of a nominal republic being headed by a capricious authoritarian, one claiming monarchical powers by divine right and catering to the cupidity of the trust-fund aristocracy . . .

Lucky us, we hit the trifecta.

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